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‘He’s a slow burner’ Jullien will bounce back after Killie performance – Lennon

Scottish PremiershipCeltic'He's a slow burner' Jullien will bounce back after Killie performance - Lennon
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Celtic gaffer Neil Lennon, has said that Christopher Jullien’s performance was down to the fact that he is a slow burner.

The champions were hard pushed for the draw this afternoon – as the Ayrshire side earns a three points. 

Now, of course, it is too early to make any predictions for the season or how it will play out over the rest of the season, but that doesn’t seem to change the opinions of fans.

Celtic did take the lead from a free kick when Christie caught out the goalie, Danny Rogers.

But Chris Burke did manage to equalise for Killie via the penalty spot, after Kabama went down because of a Jullien tug.

Lennon said: “I think he’s rusty.

“He’s a slow burner, he was the same this time last year. The more games he gets, the better he will become.

“He’s disappointed but that’s not the reason we dropped two points today.

“We weren’t good enough in the final third at times with all the play we had.”

Lennon added: “The pitch is really really dry. Kilmarnock flooded the centre of the box as well.

“Maybe that little bit of extra sharpness isn’t there in the second game of the season.

“Lots to work on, lots to get better on.

“I know what I’ve got with these players and it may turn out to be a decent point at the end of the day.

“But clubs, when you come away, don’t set up the pitch to suit us.

“They make it as difficult as possible and we can’t use the pitch as an excuse – or the weather or the fact there were no fans here.

“I don’t think we are at anywhere near top form at the minute, even though we won well last week – which delighted me.

“We still have a few games to get through before we start hitting the heights we can.”

Speaking about Vasilis Barkas’ debut following his move from Athens, he said: “I thought he was excellent today.

“He was a concern before the game because of a new environment, making his debut, and I thought he handled it very very well and he was unlucky not to save the penalty in the end.”

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